Bryce Canyon Family Guide
Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park for a Day with the Family
Visitors come from around the world to experience the outstanding hiking opportunities in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. There is nothing quite like winding your way through the bizarre fins and hoodoos and viewing this amazing geology close up. One of the advantages of hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park is that many of the trails intersect each other and can be connected to form loops of varying distances and difficulties. For instance, the Navajo Loop, Peekaboo Loop, and Queen’s Garden trails can all be combined with short excursions along connecting trails.
But with all the choices, where do you start when choosing a hike? To help you, we’ve compiled what we think are the Top Five Can’t-Miss Family Day Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park. Stop in at the visitor center to discuss your hiking plans with a ranger and get some tips. Then pack some warm clothes, sunscreen, extra water and snacks, and get ready to hit the trails!
The Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon
1. Rim Trail: 0.5 to 5.5 miles one way. A popular trail above Bryce Canyon that connects all the scenic overlooks from Fairyland Point to Bryce Point. The 0.5 mile section between Sunrise and Sunset points is paved and accessible to those with wheelchairs.
2. Queens Garden Trail: 1.8 miles. A short trail descending below the canyon rim that takes hikers to fascinating rock formations including Gulliver’s Castle, the Queen’s Castle, and Queen Elizabeth herself.
3. Navajo Loop Trail: 1.4 miles. A popular trail that makes a short 1- to 2-hour loop from the rim at Sunset Point down to the floor of Bryce Canyon. The trail visits favorite hoodoo formations such as Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Thor’s Hammer.
4. Bristlecone Loop Trail: 1 mile. A short loop that stays entirely above the canyon rim as it traverses a subalpine fir forest. The trail is named after the bristlecone pine trees, the oldest tree species in the world, which is found more frequently along this trail than along other trails in Bryce Canyon National Park Utah.
5. Mossy Cave Trail: 0.8 mile. A short stroll into the reddish pinnacles of Bryce Canyon from UT 12 in the northern end of the park that ends at a mossy, seeping cave, offering a smaller-scale sampler of Bryce grandeur for travelers unable to travel into the main area of the park.
Come experience some of the best hikes you’ll find anywhere in the United States! While you’re in the Bryce Canyon Area, consider a trip to Zion National Park as well.